Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Are Selling $55K Backpacks Covered In Prescription Pills

Olsen Twins

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have come a long way since their tween clothing line for Walmart.The 26-year-old former TV star twins and current heads of a billion dollar empire, have just unveiled their latest accessories collection co-designed by contemporary artist, Damien Hirst.

The threesome have created a black patent leather Nile crocodile backpack under the Olsen’s The Row label, covered in Hirst’s signature prescription pills.

The backpacks are retailing for a whopping $55,000 on the retail site as of December 12.

Only 12 backpacks will be made and Hirst will determine how much of the proceeds from sales will be donated to UNICEF.

Other, more subtle designs have small gold or multicolored dots, large gold or multicolored dots, and black and grey pills. 

“Each bag is crafted in Italy and includes features like an internal detachable handle, adjustable canvas straps, internal zip-fastening, slit pockets, small gold-plated brass feet at base, a metal mirror plate and case, and designer-stamped gold-plated brass hardware signed by Hirst,” reports TIME.

But this isn’t the first time an Olsen-designed bag has been shock-inducing.

In June, PETA slammed the twins for using real animal pelts for a $16,900 fuzzy backpack from their line, The Row and last October, the designers faced criticism for selling $39,000 crocodile backpacks, that ironically flew off shelves.

Hirst famously set an auction record for the most expensive work of art by a living artist in 2007, when his piece Lullaby Spring, a steel cabinet with 6,136 pills, sold for $19.2 million to the Emir of Qatar

Check out the current controversial bag below:


Damien Hirst Olsen Twins Backpack


Now watch the Hirst/Olsen-designed bags in action:


  • In 10 years we’ll all agree that Damien Hirst is a joke >
  • Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen have moved on to bigger and better things >
  • PETA slams Olsen twins over $16,900 furry backpack >

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